WWE Developmental Star Zander Jones Starting At NXT This Week

SaukValley.com has an article up profiling Alex “Zander” Jones, who recently signed a three-year developmental deal and is moving to Tampa, Florida this week to begin training at NXT.

While he was working on his masters in strength and conditioning at USC, Jones met former WWE superstars Rikishi and Gangrel at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo. They convinced him to start training at the KnokX wrestling school and just a week later, he was met John Cena at the USC weight room when WWE was in town for a RAW taping. Cena was so impressed with Jones that he invited him to a WWE tryout camp this past August.

WWE Hall of Famers Jim Ross and Gerald Brisco were so impressed with Jones that they told him he could be a top WWE superstar one day. Jones told SaukValley.com:

“They all said, ‘You could be our guy. Look at John Cena. That could be you.’ Now, anything less than being a champ would be a disappointment.”

Jones can be followed on Twitter at @TheZanderJones.

Brad Davis

Brad Davis is the editor of SEScoops.com and MMANews.com. He's been hooked on pro wrestling since 1989 and has attended 8 WrestleManias

  • tgabriel0891

    he’s got the look of a pro wrestler, lets see if he has talent

    • The Guest

      He does? Every hot mom I get together with has a son that looks exactly like this. He looks like a good portion of the teenagers in America. I guess it’s true he has the look of a lot of guys that go through developmental. Not knocking the guy, I just don’t see where you’re coming from when you say he has the look of a wrestler.

      • tgabriel0891

        he reminds me of aj styles, he’s got some muscle on him but not bloated looking and he looks decent enough. theres that whole intangible it factor thing too, idk why but he just seems to have it. Cena may be the blight of our lives but he’s not an idiot. Cena was handpicked by jericho so he cant be all that bad lol

  • Rocks#1fan

    We don’t need another Cena!


  • Deante320

    Why in the blue fuck do we need another John Cena? One enough

    • Bro88

      one is too many

      • GodsLoyalSon

        Dude, he’s being perceived as the next top guy, not literally the next Cena. The IWC is already setting this guy up for failure and he hasn’t even reached the building to start the game.

    • WWE’13

      You understand that being the next John Cena is like saying you could be the next big thing. It doesn’t have to mean you will be an exact clone of the current John Cena.

      • Deante320

        True but that also mean you will shoved down people throats whether that person or people like or not.

        • Fighter

          Like how Punk is being shoved down more than half of WWE fans throats. Only people crazy about him is the IWC, which isn’t that much.

        • http://creative.petalburgwoods.com/ Thousand

          Yeah, I totally agree with you. They’re shoving CM Punk down our throats right now, and I’m honestly very sick of it.

      • Mike

        i know what a dumb fuck idiot cocksucking dog Deante is

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-James-Crawford/100001407556559 Randy James Crawford

    Hey everyone him being the next John Cena is not bad, #1 – this guy can wrestle from what I seen, #2 – he is very strong like John Cena, #3 – this means John Cena can retire soon and he can take over.

  • Fighter

    John Cena is money. WWE cares about money. And that is why they are looking for the next John Cena. The next John Cena does not mean the NEXT JOHN CENA. When Kurt Angle left WWE, I remember a member of the Creative Team clearly said that they are not worried. They got John Cena, who in their book was The next Rock for WWE and rightfully so Cena was the next Rock of WWE. Just like how Rock and Austin was the next Hart and Michaels of the WWE. They are talking level wise, not straight down a freaking copy of a superstar. And the IWC think they are “smart”. The comments on this topic is proof of otherwise. lol

  • askbillmitchell

    Alex Jones being the next “John Cena”? How will he have time with his radio show shoving conspiracy theories down our throats… oh wait..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002196281205 Kenneth Anderson Jr.

    Lol at first they were looking for the next Hogan, so they found Rock, then they started looking for the next Rock, they settled for Cena, not they’re looking for the next Cena lol.

  • Puppet H

    At least, we have a Cena that can wrestle and doesn’t look like he took some roids. I say “win”.

  • Bacon

    Okay time for me to rant. You the IWC are so fickle. You guys keep saying that you want new stars that you want new talent to be the next big thing to replace John Cena. Yet when there is a potential young guy who is obviously talented and in great shape you guys bitch and moan. What next you guys are going to be tired of the shield in about another month and start complaining about that. You IWC always complain and when you get what you want you find something different to complain about. We haven’t seen this guy work yet so how do you know he will be as plain as John Cena GUESS WHAT YOU FUCKING DONT!, SO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GIVE THIS KID A FUCKING CHANCE BEFORE YOU FUCKING SHIT ON HIM Why becuase John Cena saw something in him? Get through your skulls if it wasn’t for John Cena WWE would not make as much money as they do every year at Wrestlemania if it wasn’t for a top guy like John Cena. If you hate John Cena so much then stop watching WWE and go to TNA. Oh another thing it wasn’t John Cenas fault that WWE went PG it wasn’t his call he obviously doesn’t have that authority all he is doing is his FUCKING JOB which i am sure plenty of you don’t have. So shut the fuck up take a chill chill pill and wait and see what this fucking kid can do in the ring before you have any right to criticize him.BRING ON THE HATE COMMENTS

    • My arms hurt

      Decaf. Google it.

    • Reality

      You know what? Shut the fuck up! You know why? There’s less anti-cena/jones comments here than anti-iwc comments. Those who posted anti-cena jones comments aren’t even representative of what you angrily call “icw”. Take your own fucking advice: take a chill chill pill and shut the fuck up. You’re welcome

      • Bacon

        You mad bro because I ain’t afraid to speak my mind on here go head continue to bash me bro :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/tombandt Tom Djx Bandt

      I am so glad somebody said the truth for a change on here. Cena is doing what is asked of him and he is making the WWE a ton of money because of it. If people are so tired of him then just watch TNA and see if more “Superstars” like Luke Gallows or Devon can bore you to death there too.

  • 1991awest

    Looks like he has a lot of potential. He’s probably gonna slip into the spot Alex Riley was supposed to get. Let’s just hope this kid keeps his mouth shut when it comes to John Cena or he can kiss his own “golden-boy” future goodbye.